Yes, Volkswagen is considering an R-badged T-Roc model which is good for 300bhp. Speaking to Autocar, Volkswagen R&D boss, Frank Welsch revealed the idea about producing a hot version of the compact SUV.
Welsch stated that the future of the T-Roc R is not decided yet. Considering the feedback for the Golf R in the UK, he is confident that the R-badged T-Roc will also work. The Golf R is a 306bhp hot hatch.
The T-Roc is based on the Golf hatchback; the compact SUV is developed for the emerging small SUV markets. It sits on the same platform as the Audi Q2 and Seat Ateca.
The latest iteration of the Golf R draws power from a 2-litre four-cylinder engine producing 309bhp and 400Nm of torque. The engine is coupled to a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Volkswagen claims that the Golf R can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds. But given the added weight and less aerodynamic shape of the T-Roc, the performance figures may not be the same.
Volkswagen aims to produce around 19 SUVs before the end of 2020 to strengthen its market presence in the utility vehicle segment. Now, the automaker is evaluating the possibility of an R-badged compact SUV targeting the performance car enthusiasts. The T-Roc R combines the practicality of an SUV and performance of a hot hatch.